To respond to some questions in the comments regarding my post about Kissinger visiting Putin, we now have a better idea:
What was pure speculation on my part at the time, proves to have been correct. In 2012 Kissinger indeed gave Putin the ultimatum: “On January 20th 2012, he arrived in Moscow to give Vladimir Putin an ultimatum and ‘friendly advice’ not to run again for President of Russia. Because otherwise the U.S. will grind Russia into powder: ‘the third term of Vladimir Putin, this is a war that Russia will lose’.”
This year, Henry Kissinger “did not ignore Ukraine, which, in his opinion should become a bridge between Russia and the West, and not an outpost of one of the parties.” Same for Syria. A softening of his previous ultimatum.
And what did Putin say? He might have said he’d think about making “Alaska a ‘bridge’ between Russia and America”.